Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #01 Tuxedo, #02 Fauves, #03 Afrique, #04 Saharienne, #05 Surrealiste, #07 Parisienne, #09 Love, #10 Lumières Majorelle, Swatches & Review

Yves Saint Laurent recently released 11 new and permanent eye shadow palettes. Before those started appearing at the counters, I could lay my hands on the limited edition Summer Quint Blues Lumieres, which has the same design. Read the story of the inspiration behind the palette's design and see my blue coral FOTD here.


Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs Display at Breuninger Stuttgart

I have already ordered a few (!) of these from Feelunique when they were having a 20% promotion 10 days ago but I haven't received my parcel yet. It should be here very soon though, so do expect some reviews coming up. In the meanwhile I have seen them popping at random counters, and here is the display from Breuninger Stuttgart. They did have the display but not the products though, but these are now available online at various retailers. Some of the shades are harder to find though, such as #06 Ruve Gauche, #08 Avant-Garde and #11 Ballet Russe. Breuninger had only 8 of the shades as seen below, so I took swatches for these three. 


Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs Display at Breuninger Stuttgart

#01 Tuxedo is a classical cool/neutral smokey eye palette with grey and black. It also has two glitter shades to carry a day look into a night one. 

Impressions: A cool grey, a warmer taupe and black make a great everyday palette. These three shades have matte to satin finish and they are very pigmented. White glitter shade has a transparent base so it can be applied on top of the others. I thought black glitter shade was a little dry and I have to test it to make sure that this doesn't have fall outs. This is one of the palettes I ordered, so I will be reviewing it in detail soon.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #01 Tuxedo

#02 Fauves has one of the best textures in the range. All the shades are buttery with great color pay-off. It is a warm brown palette, which would look especially good with blue eyes as well as on those of you with warm complexions.

Impressions: The texture of Fauves is to die for, my only problem with this one was that the below two shades were too close to see a big difference, I suspect they might apply very similar on the lids. This palette is also one of those I decided to order, so I will review it in detail soon and report about how these two shades look on me. I like the balance and the color combination of this one. You can also see lovely swatches here at Jenny's blog.



Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #02 Fauves

#03 Afrique is a stunner! This is the one which I was eyeing since I have seen the promo pictures. Plummy dark shade and complimenting rose gold and coppers make my heart skip a beat. No need to say that this one is also on its way to me. I can't wait to try it out.

Impressions: The textures in this palette are mostly shimmery, darkest shade has less shimmer, copper and rose gold are almost metallic. The palest shade is not very opaque but since all the others have great color pay-off, I think they will all coordinate well. The color combination reminds me of Dior's summer palette in Sundeck, which had some mattes thrown in, so the difference in textures justify owning both I think.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #03 Afrique

#04 Saharienne is a cooler natural combination with a gorgeous taupe and two light shimmery shades. The pigmentation in this palette was good but not as smooth and buttery as some other palettes, so I am thorn between getting this one or not. In the end I might give up just because of the taupe shade (lower right).

Impressions: This would work good on cooler and lighter complexions since it has a soft color pay-off. It took me more swipes to get the color density in this one. Nevertheless it is a lovely palette. Check out the swatches at Jenny's blog too.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #04 Saharienne

#05 Surrealist is a purple lover's dream. It has four different shades of purple and a pale pink to highlight. The texture is mostly satin to shimmery and some of the shades show some transparency.

Impressions: Despite all the expectations, this one is not love at the first sight for me. After playing with it at the counter, I can see myself not reaching for it very often. The reason is that to me it lacks variation by color as well as texture. The textures are all shimmery and colors are all pretty much purple with same undertones. I couldn't resist it though, just because it is purple.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #05 Surrealiste

#07 Parisienne, be still my beating heart. Although the palette is more shimmery than I would normally go for, I love the selection of shades, not being too pink nor too plummy, everything is balanced with a taupe. Only if that taupe would have a better color pay-off. 

Impressions: Just by looking at the color combination in the pan, I can sigh happily. After I play with those though, I am pondering a little how all the shimmery shades will look on the eyes. To find it out, I ordered that one too, so I will report about it soon.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #07 Parisienne

#09 Love is, well, not love. I ordered that one before I swatched it and now I am afraid this is the ultimate palette for a rabbit costume at a Easter Party. Shimmery, yellows, pinks, even fuchsia. *shakes head* I will have to see about this one.

Impression: No comment yet. I doubt though many of us can pull off these shades. I unfortunately ordered that sight unseen so you will hear about how wearable these are on me, very soon.


Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #09 Love

#10 Lumières Majorelle is not for the shy. I appreciate it when high-end brands release some bold artsy shades like this one. It reminds me of YSL's Pure Chromatics release from last year's fall collection, Palette Arty, reviewed here.

Impressions: Two of the shades, the medium blue and deep blue has sparse glitters in them which looks like they are prone to fall out. The soft green is very beautiful both color and texture wise. A pop of acid green might also look interesting. 



Swatch: Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 5 Couleurs #10 Lumieres Majorelle


This post has only my first impressions. I will be doing a detailed review of the palettes I ordered. Linda from Silverkis also has a swatch galore of these and do check out her blog too to get a better idea if you are ordering sight unseen.

Are you eyeing any of the new YSL Palettes or have already tried them? I would like to hear your thoughts.


19 comments

  1. Saharienne has my name written all over it! Loving YSL at the moment



    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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    1. I still can't make up my mind about that one but that taupe is calling me too ;-)

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  2. I'm really loving the look of Saharienne and Fauves! The design of the new palettes are so pretty too, can't wait to see them in person!

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    1. Yes the designs are really creative and original. I love the textures too.

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  3. I must really be in the mood for colour lately, because yeah..... I totally want that crazy pink one!
    Lumieres Majorelle is looking pretty good as well.

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    1. LOL! We all need some color in our lives. I wished I would go for Lumieres Majorelle instead of Love though because that kind of pink is hard to pull off. I am excited for the challenge too ;-)

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  4. Afrique and Parisienne are securely on my wishlist! Am intrigued about what you will come up with using Love, I personally love a fuchsia look!

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    1. These two are also my favorites of the bunch, together with Fauves :-)
      Fuschsia look, lol, you will see it on me soon, I will also try to get some rabbit ears for that look :-P

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  5. Wow-I can see four that I really need!-and
    I think would not be dupes for what I already own-there is something about LOVE that is tugging at my silly strings!

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    1. It is interesting to see that Love gets some attention. Which other four would you like to get?

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    2. I lied I think I love them all-spoke to YSL counter and they said only in August and only getting 6 of them.so waaaaiting!

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  6. I love the shades in the Surrealiste palette, just not all on the eye at once.
    The new Dior IT purple shade is also certainly worth a look :)
    Through no fault of their own, I will only order from Feelunique when they have something which I can get absolutely nowhere else. Their 20% discount means nothing to me, when I have to wait 4 weeks for the parcel to clear customs & then always have to pay the 19% German sales tax because Feelunique obviously has to declare the full price. A HUGE Grrrrrrrrr....to the slowest customs department in the world.

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    1. You are right, those are a little too close to be used all at once. I have Diot It-purple but couldn't bring myself to try it out yet. My favorite purple of all times should be Armani #21 though :-) That one literally glows! :-))

      Buggsie Bee, are you in Germany? There is no tax and customs between UK and Germany, so don't worry while ordering from UK, I do it all the time.

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    2. I haven't got the Armani # 21 yet as I haven't had a chance to see it in person & the swatches I've seen of it are so different that they could be of two completey different eyeshadows.

      Yipp, I'm in Germany, but Feelunique is based on the Chanel Island of Jersey = not UK, which sadly means Import duty. If your parcels from Feel Unique have made it through in the past, then you have been a lot more fortunate than I. Not even a parcel containing a single Chanel Illusion D'ombre slipped though customs without them claiming their 19%! :((
      And to make matters worse, it takes FOREVER to make it through the customs process.

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  7. Wow - was für eine Mühe Du Dir gemacht hast!

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    1. Ja das hat etwas gedauert. Immer noch bin ich nicht ganz zufrieden mit Farben, Licht bei Kaufhausern sind nicht sehr geeignet für swatches.

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  8. Thank you Sara for the link love... your generosity and kindness is much appreciated! Aww... Love will not be easter bunny, don't worry... i'm actually very fond of it!! I'm sure you can work your magic somehow! ;) Can't wait to see your EOTDs!

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  9. I was debating between tuxedo from YSL or the smoky quad from burberry..... Any thoughts?

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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  10. How pretty are these?! Loving the look of Afrique especially- warm, shimmery neutrals are always up my alley! Thanks for the swatches :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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